Endangered rhino perpetuates species at Kansas City Zoo

Saturday, December 11, 2010 | 7:44 p.m. CST

KANSAS CITY — An endangered eastern black rhinoceros at the Kansas City Zoo is doing her part to keep her species in existence by giving birth to her third calf in the past 10 years.

There are only a few hundred of the animals left in the wild. The Kansas City Star reports that there are more males than females in the captive population, so conservation experts were excited when Luyisa gave birth to her third female calf in October.

The latest edition is named Layla and zookeepers say she is starting to express a personality. Zoo officials say Layla has gained 50 pounds since she came into the world weighing 89 pounds.

The Kansas City Zoo acquired Luyisa from Africa in 1997.


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